Big Yooka-Laylee Update That Fixes Camera Out Now On PS4/Xbox One

The game's "Spit 'n' Polish" update is now available on all platforms.

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Earlier this summer, developer Playtonic Games released a big update for the PC version its retro-inspired platformer, Yooka-Laylee, which made a long list of improvements to the game that smooth over the entire experience. Today, the developer announced that the update is now also available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Among the myriad changes Playtonic made to the game is a new optional camera system, which gives players much greater control over how it's positioned. This is certainly a welcome feature, as the original camera was one aspect we took issue with in our Yooka-Laylee review.

In addition to the new camera system, the update also makes improvements to the game's flying and first-person aiming controls, gives players the ability to skip cutscenes and dialogue, introduces an option for shorter "gibberish" voice acting, and much more. Playtonic outlined the full list of changes it made to the game on its website, but some of the more notable ones include:

  • Pagies have added signposts to Hivory Towers to help guide players to new worlds
  • Design tweaks to all arcade games
  • Improved speed when scrolling through Totals Menu
  • New moves section added to pause menu, with image guide
  • Restart option added in the pause menu during arcade games and Kartos challenges
  • "Sonar-able" objects now have clearer visual identity
  • Laser move no longer requires player to crouch
  • Improved Transformation controls
  • Minecart control and hitbox improvements
  • Improved Rampo boss fight
  • Performance improvements

A Nintendo Switch version of Yooka-Laylee is also on the way, though Playtonic hasn't announced a release date for it yet. Last week, however, the developer tweeted a photo of the game running on Nintendo's console and said it "hope[s] to have more news" regarding that version soon. Playtonic has confirmed that all of the changes it introduced in today's update will be present in the Switch release on day one.

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angrycreep

I'll give this one a try at a later time maybe next year when the game is 100 percent fix. I'm sure that this patch fix a lot of the problems but it didn't fix everything. I'll get the game next year.

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adamg81

Camera on the Rampo part was horrible. I wish they would Pro patch this to 60fps. It could easily achieve that. This game still looks incomplete. Very barren environments and weak textures. I bought this from Best Buy a month or 2 ago for $16 new. I played for only a couple hours knowing this patch was coming. Took a while.

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Doctor_MG

When does this come to Switch?

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renegade67rick

nice they finally fixed it, good thing for those that baught it day one. was gonna do that myself, but heard of the issues and decided to wait for a fix, been too long thow and too much more to play, not to mention the good games coming out here soon

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Really tired of the 30 second call of duty adds... Ridiculously long without a skip option

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xNSHD

@Legend_of_Link: install adblock on chrome. no more ads.

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snugglebear

@Legend_of_Link: "WHAT DO I SELL?!"

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Here's my issue - They knew the game had a camera issue, release it anyways, then 4 months to fix it the freaking thing and still expect people to buy it. I'm sick of lazy developers who put out half finished products and expect people to be fine with that. Friday The 13th, Yooka-Laylee are two big examples of indie games that could have been huge if not for the half-ass effort of the developers. Let's not forget Mass Effect Andromeda either.

We buy these games because we expect a finished product, with little to no issues, from the jump. Not for a half broken mess that takes several months and patches to fix.

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Zorlac

@69ingChimpmunks: Maybe they didn't think the camera was that bad since they were used to it after development time. From my personal play time with it, it's not that bad. It's not great, but it's certainly usable.

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@Zorlac:
just like the developers of Friday The 13th didn't think it was a bad game lol. Come on, You gotta notice these things. There's no excuse for it, Especially when this is a team of experienced game developers. There is no way issues that big skate by testers and everyone else on the staff unless it's on purpose.

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Zorlac

@69ingChimpmunks: What's the last game you developed?

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@Zorlac:
So I have to be a developer to know that people intentionally put out broken games and patch it later...seriously? Bioware apologized for Mass Effect Andromeda because it was riddled with bugs that pretty much ruined the game. Sure, The game is probably awesome after patches. I've seen the graphics before and after patches and it looks far superior so that begs the question - Why couldn't that effort have been put forth before the original release? Why not delay the game a little bit longer and put on that extra polish that clearly would have delivered a superior product and better sales?

Same goes for illfonic and Friday The 13th. Not only did they apologize numerous times but they also put out DLC, that was suppose to be paid DLC, for free to help make up for it. And that's on top of the what...half a dozen patches or so to fix the game. And last time I checked it still has issues on the Xbox One version but I'm not sure how well it runs after the latest patch.

And that brings us to Yooka-Laylee. Not only did they attempt to patch and fix the camera before this grand patch after people complained how broken it was, Which lead to make mediocre reviews and pretty much killed what could have been an enjoyable, nostalgia filled game. They had to make an entirely new camera system to fix the issue. Now once again, I'm sure after patches it's an enjoyable game but why couldn't it have been like this before hand?

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@69ingChimpmunks: I 100%'d Yooka-Laylee within a month after its release, and while there were a couple camera issues I never thought of the game as "half-finished" and I immensely enjoyed playing it (I gave it 8.5/10). After this new patch I plan to play and beat it again.

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@rdcrestdbreegul:
well I appreciate the input (not being sarcastic). I do have plans on picking up the game myself but maybe when it gets a bit cheaper in price. I think what upset me the most was I was so hyped for this game and on the verge of pre-ordering it but when first reviews came out and they were pretty mediocre, It really disappointed me.

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RdCrestdBreegul

@69ingChimpmunks: Most of those reviews missed the point of the game entirely, and some (*cough cough* IGN...) even contained factually inaccurate information. If you were a fan of '90s Rare platformers (especially Banjo-Kazooie and -Tooie) you will probably LOVE this game. We were making fun of those reviews in our YL fb group--some of them were total jokes. YL is a '90s platformer in the modern era, and some people just don't get it.

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xNSHD

didnt this game come out in like april or something? took there time patching this game. im personally waiting for a price drop on this game as its noway near worth £35 this kind of game is a £15.99 game at best so ill wait for it to drop to that price before even considering picking it up.

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Zorlac

@xnshd: They've patched the game before this, but redesigning the camera is a major undertaking in any game. Also it's well worth the full price, it's a fantastic game.

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xNSHD

@Zorlac: not for my money. its a little indie kickstarter game and for me charging £35 for a game like that is ridiculous.

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RdCrestdBreegul

@xnshd: It's not really a "little indie kickstarter game" when there are some of the top designers (Chris Sutherland) and artists (Steve Mayles) in the games industry who have over twenty years under their belt. The game is *easily* worth £25.

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xNSHD

@rdcrestdbreegul: the designers of the game has nothing to do with what the game might become. and lets face facts here. they are an independent developer or indie. they got there game crowdfunded on kickstarter so what do you get when you put that together. a little indie kickstarter game. thats not a bad thing but thats fact about what this game is. indie games can be awesome and im not saying this game wont be fun when i do get round to getting it but to me games of this nature are at max £16 anything over that i dont even consider it until it drops in price. again i will stress that is just me if people are happy to pay the price the devs are asking for then fine great hope you enjoy the game. but and this is the part people dont seem to get is its not worth that price to ME. dont know why people go out of there way to try champion the game and try convince me to buy it because its easily worth the asking price and its made by this and that person. im sorry but i dont care who its made by or how long they spent in the industry to me the game isnt worth the price they are asking and so i will wait for a price drop. nothing wrong with that and nothing wrong with the people who bought the game for full price.

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Zorlac

@xnshd: Being an indie game doesn't mean it's not worth the price. You're just being greedy at this point wanting something for cheap/free.

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xNSHD

@Zorlac: never mentioned free and i wouldnt call 15.99 cheap. thats what its worth to me if you have a problem with that then sorry.

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Zorlac

@xnshd: $16 for a game is very cheap, and what we associate with a budget game. Kickstarter or not this wasn't a budget game. As I said it's well worth the money. It's very fun with a ton of content.

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xNSHD

@Zorlac: £16 really isnt very cheap at all its still alot for something you might get 10 hours out of max. im not trying to be little the game or make you not like it but i dont class going around collecting things as tonnes of content. to me £35 for a game like this is alot and i no im not the only one who thinks that, hell for £35 i got the crash trilogy remastered on ps4 now thats 3 games for the same price. Or for £30 i got the upcoming uncharted game which comes with uncharted 4's multiplayer and survival mode and comes with all of the Jax and Daxter games when they release later this year. now ill stress again its fine if you like this game im not trying to stop people liking the game but you cant even begin to argue which are the better value. 3 games for the same price or 5 games a multiplayer mode and survival mode for £5 cheaper.

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Zorlac

@xnshd: When a movie cost $20 and last 2 hours, then yes $16 for 10+ hours of gameplay is pretty damn cheap. You're also comparing a brand new game to re-releases of old games.

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xNSHD

@Zorlac: movies are completely different and trust me 16 quid for that many hours isnt cheap its normal for that length of game look at ori and the blind forest thats 10 hours at that price 35 quid for 10 hours is expensive in my eyes. if your happy with paying that for the game thats fine i however am not so please stop trying to justify to me why you think the game is worth 35.

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Zorlac

@xnshd: If I have to stop trying to justify to you why it's worth it, then you have to stop trying to justifying to me why it's not. You see how that works? If you can't have a big boy discussion without getting your feelings hurt when you're wrong, then don't join them.

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xNSHD

@Zorlac: look at my other comments i never once tried to tell you to not buy the game for whatever price you want. i actually said if you like the game great its just not worth it to me. yet you are trying to justify to me why i should buy it for 35 when all i said in the beginning is to me its not worth that and you got upset and started championing the game which thats fine but i never once criticised anyone for buying the game for whatever price they want. its their money and they can do what they like with it just like its my money and i dont want to spend £35 on something to me isnt worth that price. also if i wanted to play this game i could just go in the rare replay collection and play the banjo games as there pretty much the same. so i dont quite know where your coming from when your saying dont join "big boy discussions" if i get my feeling hurt when im wrong. first this is a discussion about yooka laylee for god sake hardly what you call big boy talk. fact is i dont wanna buy the game for £35 and you did and your happy with your purchase and guess what both are fine. like ive been saying since you started commenting.